2015 March

Current Agenda:

Minutes Reading/Approval – Tomi Simenson

Treasurers Report – Jennifer Hellman

Fairgrounds Improvements – Heather DePriest

CTEP – Heather DePriest/Keith Hanson

PA system for Banquet-Tomi Simenson/Jennifer Hellman

Chamber Banquet-Heather DePriest

Weeds- Jennifer Hellman/Christian

Dedication for volunteering- Heather DePriest

Lights in the Tree at Centennial Park- Heather DePriest

Bonus Books-Heather DePriest

Mike Inman Thank you-Heather DePriest

Wreaths - Spokane University City Mall


Wednesday, March 11th 2015, 6:00 PM at the Chinook Motor Inn


Members Present:

Jennifer Hellman

Heather DePriest

Tomi Simenson

Larry Surber


Guests Present:

Christian Lehnert

Minutes were read and approved.


Treasurers Report


FB SBF $8,779.81

FB OPERATING $6,598.08






Jenn presented bills to be paid.  Larry moved and Tomi seconded to pay the bills.  Motion passed.



Fairgrounds – Larry reported that some drains were being designed for the fairgrounds, but no other information is known at this time.

CTEP – There is no information new at this time, the project is on hold now until spring.

New Business:

PA System discussion: A motion was made at the February meeting to allow a budget of $1,000 to purchase a new PA system to use at all Chamber events, Heather had some picked out will be making the purchase.

Chamber Banquet:  The banquet will be on April 4 at the Eagles.  Valerie Frank cannot cater, so the Eagle’s will be doing the catering. We decided on a menu of a meat, potato, salad, bun, and desert and to keep it at $12-$15 a plate for cost. Discussion was held about doing it in January for next year, and that we needed to change it up a little to get more interest in it. Brandon Nissen will be the speaker on why he moved to Chinook, and what doing business in this town is like.

Dedication for Volunteering: Tomi nominated Mary Pyette, and will be contacting her to make sure she can be at the Banquet to receive the award.

Weed Control:  Christian asked the board to get him a list of members who will be participating in the weed spraying this year. He also let us know that the $500 we pay for the spraying is not covering the cost for him to do so, some discussion was held about maybe getting some donations from members to help with the cost. Christian will be getting more information to Jennifer to find out what the actual cost is.

Tables & Chairs:  Discussion was held about the Boots and Pearls buying the tables and chairs. The fair board offered us $7,500 for them, but we have $17,603 into them, not including the trailer. Jennifer made the motion to keep the tables and chairs, and Larry 2nd it.

Business After Hours- Jennifer reported that the Bear Paw Roundup had signed up for the 24th of June for their After Hours, and Tire and Lube was wanting to do theirs on the 2nd of July. We were afraid that there wasn’t enough time to advertise for the Tire and Lube, so Jenn will be asking them to do it after the fair.

Lights in Tree- Heather mentioned that the lights in the tree at Centennial Park are starting to damage the tree, so we need to find someone that can remove them. The board will be contacting Perry Miller’s crew to see if they will do this.

Donuts and Juice- There will be a meet and greet at the Senior center Thursday March 12th for the school’s Superintendent applicants. Jennifer moved to pay for the donuts, juice, and cinnamon rolls, Larry 2nd it.

Bonus Books:  Heather presented the idea to sell Bonus Books, in which each participating business gets a free ad.  The booklets are sold to raise money.  They have coupons to merchants throughout the area, and the business decides on what to offer and what restrictions to have. The only cost is the printing, and they would be sold for $20. Heather showed the board the mock version she came up with. We will be getting a list out to each person on the board to start calling business’s.

Sugarbeet Festival- Heather mentioned that we need to start thinking about a theme because poster’s need to be going out real soon.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20.

Next meeting is scheduled for April 8th 6:00 PM at Rad's Deli




Storage Units- We need to find a storage area for the Chamber’s items. Keith will be talking to the City to see how long we can keep them at the Armory.

Sandwich Board – We talked about making a few sandwich boards with some plywood – we inquired that maybe the school would be willing to make them if we asked.  Heather will contact Robin about this project as well.

Grant Writing – Bridgette will get in touch with Heather once she is done with School.

Grants – Heather brought to the groups attention that there is a couple grants that may be worth looking into – one being Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Program.  Heather has the paperwork if anyone is interested in writing it.

LARGE SUGARBEET STATUE - Colleen had brought a photograph of a large sugar beet that she had encountered in her travels and was wondering if something would be possible to add to our Visitors Center as a unique draw. We will be discussing later on when the building is complete and operational.

Notary Training
- Tabled at this time - do not know if we will have enough interest in it to justify bringing the trainer down.

Marquees - The PTO has decided to take some of the funds for the Marquees and use for another project. The Chamber decided to hold off on the marquees until we have a visitor’s center/rest area to place it at.

Lights on the Tower
Anita DePriest Magnuson sent Heather a cutout of a Newspaper Article from Junction City, Oregon where they have succeeded in lighting up their water towers with LED lights that can change and be programmed to move and rotate. It was agreed that it was a neat idea and would be tabled until we had available funding to do a project of that magnitude. Heather will contact Chuck and see if he is interested in spearheading the project. <http://junctioncity.kval.com/content/eugene-company-helps-light-junction-city-water-tower>.

Strategic Alliance of Montana Chambers - Heather contacted SAMC and notified them of our interest in the project. We will wait to hear from them on when we will be doing training in our area.

American Prairie Foundation
It was talked about at the meeting for our approach on this subject, and we decided to help encourage people to get educated on the subject and to express your opinion. The officers of the group decided to let the Stockgrowers and the CattleWomen do the public viewing of the movie with a speaker, etc. It was a unanimous opinion of the group that it will affect businesses and could directly affect each and every one of us. Heather will contact Lori Swanson.
Fran Hodgson sent Heather a link in July that showcased Cut Bank’s murals through town. She would like to suggest that Chinook look into it. The link is: <http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/92734869.html>. Tabled at this time.

Signs Outside of town

The signage has been tabled still since the input we received from Krystal Steinmetz regarding CTEP.  Heather will work directly with Krystal on this project

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